Looks like local legislatures are finally throwing dogs a bone. Alternate: A dog's life is about to get a lot less ruff.
Bad puns aside, both the state of Rhode Island and New York City have passed laws allowing non-service dogs to hang with their two-legged friends at restaurants.
In New York, dogs will be allowed with their human underlings at restaurants with outdoor tables, according to the city's Health Department. The dogs must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies, however.
Likewise, RI House of Representatives passed a bill 65-to-5 that also allows dogs attend their fur-less companions in outdoor eating areas at restaurants. Restaurant owners are allowed to determine how much outdoor space is designated for dining dogs and may establish limits on size and breeds.
Owners must keep their dogs on a leash at all times and not leave the dog unattended. They're also on the hook for any damages caused to the restaurant by the dog. The legislation is now headed to the RI State Senate.